Do you see your cat scratching more than usual? Have you ever wondered what creatures are crawling on a cat’s skin? If so, they may be ear mites. The unfortunate thing is that if you find them on your pet, chances are they will also appear in your home. Their handling is essential because these parasites suck blood and can pass the disease to cats and humans. Learn to identify and follow some natural remedies for ear mites in cats to remove them from your pets, yard, and home.
Identify and kill ear mites in cats
Learn the shape of ear mites
Ear mites are very diverse in shape, but most of them have oval bodies and small heads. Ear mites are usually reddish-brown, dark brown, black, or gray. Often ear mites are no more than 6 mm long, and some may be smaller. Note that female ear mites can increase in size significantly to 12 mm when fully drained.
Ear mites are not insects. They are spider-like, so adult ear mites have eight legs. The youngest or youngest (larva) has six legs. Therefore, we encourage you to apply natural home remedies for cat ear mites to protect your cat and your family’s safety.
Look for ear mites in cats
They do not know how to fly or jump, so they often crawl on the host’s body. When biting a cat, the ear mites will attach firmly to the cat’s skin until the blood is drained. You cannot see their heads when they are sucking blood, so it is difficult to know if you see ear mites or dark spots on your cat’s skin. To distinguish, look at their feet. Ear mites also often gather in warm, closed parts of the body, such as between the toenails, in the ears, and under the armpits. However, you can find them anywhere on the cat’s body.
- Can you put “it” into a sealed plastic bag and take it to the vet if you are unsure if it is an ear mite?
- Check your cat thoroughly if your cat is out or where there may be ear mites (tall grass, barn, farm, etc.).
Remove ear mites in cats properly
If you see an ear mites-like object in a cat, make sure it is. Look at the ear of the ear mites to make sure it is ear mites, not the nodules on the cat’s skin. If they are, wear gloves and tweezers with your small tip, as close to your skin as possible. It would be best if you ended the whole ear mites along the entire body. Otherwise, the head of ear mites can cause infection. Put them in a small tin can to kill or preserve ear mites if you want to show them to the vet.
Check your cat daily from head to tail for ear mites if there are signs of infection, or your cat has just been exploring areas that might have ear mites (such as tall grasslands).
Talk to your doctor about ear mite medications
Your doctor will help you choose a safe and effective product. You should also buy the medicine directly from your veterinarian, as some pet stores can be dangerous for cats. Topical “topical” drugs can kill ear mites, but no oral medication can eradicate them.
Let the veterinarian know if your home has young children or pregnant women. This is an essential factor in determining the safest treatment for both you and your pet.
You can have many options when looking for an ear mite treatment for cats. There are many routine treatments each month that should be used year-round as a preventative measure. Make sure the product you choose is for cats, not dogs. Cats can get very sick (or even die) if using ear mite for dogs. So, we do not recommend applying natural remedies for ear mites in cats and dogs.
Some ear mite medicines include
- Fipronil and (S) -methoprene (known as Frontline Plus for Cats): Apply this medicine once a month to kill adult larvae, eggs and fleas. It also kills ear mite and hairy lice.
- Selamectin (known as Revolution): Apply this medicine once a month to kill adult fleas and eggs. It can also kill ear mites, threadworms, ear lice, and scabies. Note that Selamectin is not licensed as a treatment for ear mite. It is only partially effective against certain ear mites and is ineffective against tick Ixodes, a type of ear mite carrying Lyme disease.
Eliminate ear mites from the yard
Lawns need to be trimmed and kept dry to control ear mites effectively
Ear mites grow well in wet, shaded areas and on high lawns. Mow your lawn often to prevent it from spreading into your yard. You should also trim low shrubs and remove rotten leaves. This eliminates shady and wet areas in the yard – favorite ear mites.
- Making the environment (home yard) no longer an appropriate shelter for ear mites is essential to prevent them from clinging to your pet.
- Homes and outdoor playground areas such as sandbanks and wooden floors should be kept away from long-standing compost piles because they contain many bacteria, including ear mites.
Create a barrier against ear mites
Ear mites dislike crossing roads lined with planets, mulch, or gravel. Spread these materials around your yard to prevent them from entering your yard and home. Barriers should have a width of about 1 meter. Do not place wooden stacks along with the house; Instead, you should put it outside in the sunlight, because the messy woody areas attract ticks.
Worth reading: How To Clean Cat Ears Mites?
Prevent wild animals from entering the yard
Do not allow feral cats, rodents, and deer to enter the yard. These animals can bring ear mites. Prevent by leaving feed troughs for birds and woodpiles away from home, installing fences, blocking climbing routes, and planting trees that deer don’t like.
Types of deer stingers include boxwood, butterfly bush, ginkgo, and jasmine. Refer to the seedling garden near you to learn more about the kinds of plants that can be planted.
Use insecticides if you see lots of ear mites in the yard
To find out if there are ear mites in your yard, put white socks to your knees on your feet and walk around the yard. If your yard has ear mites, you’ll see them clinging to your socks. You can call a professional insecticide service or consult your veterinarian about buying less expensive insecticides. To kill ear mites, spray on damp and shady areas in the yard.
- If you’ve handled your cat well and protected his yard from ear mites, you may not need to use an insecticide in your yard.
- Never use products containing Pyrethroid-, Permethrin-, or Amitraz on cats or in the yard. These products can cause many cat side effects, even killing cats.
Eliminate ear mites from your home
Vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture daily to eliminate ear mites, eggs, and larvae. Don’t forget to vacuum the carpet under your furniture. When cleaning upholstered furniture, be sure to remove mattresses and clean every corner of the furniture, including cracks. Then, put the garbage bag in a vacuum cleaner in a sealed plastic bag and throw it in the outdoor trash.
Most ear mites in your home will be concentrated where the pet is located. Try to clean those places thoroughly. It would be best if you cleaned any gaps and cracks around cabinets and baseboards every day or two.
Wash household linen and sheets
Wash cat litter and small rugs weekly with soap and hot water. It would help if you also washed pillowcases, pet litter, bed sheets, and other household items. Washing with boiling water can kill the ear mites’ eggs.
Treat the carpet with a completely natural powder
Please choose one of baking soda, borax, or silica gel and sprinkle it on household rugs. Scrub so that the dust is deep into the carpet and leave on overnight. The powder will drain the water of ear mites living in the carpet. The next day vacuums the rug and throws the garbage bag in the bin into the trash placed outside the house.
Do not allow pets to come close to the carpet while there is powder on the mat. Only expose them to the rug when vacuumed and completely removed dust.
Choose an insect growth regulator such as methoprene or pyriproxyfen. Please read the label carefully to make sure it can be used in homes with cats. If in doubt, ask your veterinarian before use. You need to understand that insecticides cannot kill all stages of ear mites, so you may still see them for two weeks after treatment. Continue vacuuming during this time to reduce the number of ear mites.
Never use products that contain pyrethroid, permethrin, or amitraz. These drugs can be deadly to cats.
Remove all people and cats from the room (including birds or reptiles). Cover the aquarium with a plastic sheet and turn off the aerator. Spray the spray directly on places where cats are usually located. You can also spray on carpets, furniture, baseboards, and window sills. Don’t forget to spray the rug under your furniture.
Do not keep all household members (including pets) near the spraying area until the medication is dry (usually for about 24 hours). Open a window or turn on the air conditioner to ventilate while waiting for the medicine to dry.
Remember to read the insecticide product label for more advice.
Read the label carefully. Follow all instructions for use.
Refer to Green Paws (www.greenpaws.org), a Natural Resources Protection Council website, to protect pets from harmful chemicals. This site provides a toxicology table, pet poisoning reports, and a list of chemicals to avoid.
Keep the cat in the house. Your cat will be less likely to get infected mites if only indoors.
Carefully clean used fabric and rugs before bringing them inside to avoid bringing ear mites into the home with furniture.
Many ear mites do not live in homes. But dogs’ brown ear mites can live indoors.
Find out what chemicals to avoid. Organic phosphorus compounds, as well as tetrachlorvinphos, are used in some flea killers. They are labeled “possibly carcinogenic to humans” and should be avoided.
Cat health care should be the most important thing when you have a cat, especially cats with ear mites. It is dangerous for a cat to carry a pathogen that exists in your home, so you should have the right ways to remove ear mites from your cat so as not to affect your cat and your family’s health. The article above I has introduced some natural remedies for ear mites in cats. I hope it helped you.
Wish your cat good health.